HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-047

Requested Information
Under the Maryland Public Information Act Title 4, I am requesting an opportunity to obtain copies of the following public record: I request a copy of the letter sent to the Howard County Public School System in April 2018 from the US Department of Education detailing why it was closing a Title IX investigation of the district.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, two such letters dated April 6, 2018 are available for review. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, we have redacted personally identifiable information of involved students from these records. This includes descriptors of incidents as well as specific locations, titles and course information which narrows the potential for identification of a student for those with reasonable knowledge of the school population.

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